Palestinian Authority: U.S. Military Aid to Israel is Aggression Against Palestinians

The bipartisan majority of the House of Representatives of the US Congress passed a bill last night that allocates additional funds to Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan in the total amount of 95 billion dollars, of which 26.3 billion dollars goes to Israel

by Sededin Dedovic
Palestinian Authority: U.S. Military Aid to Israel is Aggression Against Palestinians
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The Presidency of the Palestinian Authority today condemned the action of the Lower House of the US Congress as an "unjust aggression against the Palestinian people", stressing that the approval of military aid to Israel worth billions of dollars represents an escalation of violence that can lead to tragic consequences for Palestinian civilians both in the West Bank and in the Strip.

Gaze. Nabil Abu Rudeina, the spokesman for President Mahmoud Abbas, expressed concern over this act, which, according to him, could cause new waves of violence and destabilization in the region. The bipartisan majority in the US House of Representatives last night passed a bill that provides additional funding to Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan, giving them a total of $95 billion.

Of that amount, a significant sum of $26.38 billion is earmarked for Israel. This decision of the Congress further deepened the tensions in the already complex situation in the Middle East.

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Israeli military clashes with the Palestinian movement Hamas in the Gaza Strip have been going on for more than six months, since Hamas commandos invaded Israeli territory on October 7 last year.

This escalation of the conflict has led to suffering and loss of human life on both sides, while deepening division and mistrust among communities. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has announced that he will review the relationship with the United States after the latter used a veto to block the Palestinian request for full membership in the United Nations.

This decision by Washington further weakened the confidence of Palestinian leaders in the ability of the US to mediate in resolving the conflict and guarantee respect for Palestinian rights at the international level. "The Palestinian leadership will review its bilateral relations with the United States of America in order to protect the interests of our people, our goals and ensure the rights that belong to us," President Abbas said in an interview with the Palestinian news agency Wafa, according to Agence France-Presse.

This reaction by the Palestinian Authority reflects growing frustration and despair over the lack of progress in peace talks and the continued disregard for basic Palestinian rights. The US has already used its veto power in the Security Council to block Palestinian efforts to become a full member of the United Nations, further straining relations between the two sides.

Since 2012, Palestine has had the status of a "non-member observer state" at the UN, but the lack of full recognition hinders their efforts to achieve their political, economic and other goals at the international level.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and President of USA Joseph Biden© Uriel Sinai / Getty Images

In the overall context, the decision of the US Congress on additional military aid to Israel represents only one of many factors that contribute to the complexity and long-term instability in the Middle East.

Its potential impacts on the lives of civilians and the political dynamics of the region will certainly be great, and the USA has once again shown that it is the main sponsor of Israel and its army, the IDF. Passage by the House removed the biggest obstacle to Joe Biden's funding request, which was first raised last October when Ukraine's military supplies began to run low.

The total funding of $95 billion includes approximately $61 billion for Ukraine, part of which goes to replenish US ammunition, $26 billion for Israel, $8 billion for US allies in the Indo-Pacific region, including Taiwan, and $9 billion in humanitarian aid for civilians in war zones, such as Haiti, Sudan and Gaza.

The entire package will now go to the Senate, which could adopt it as early as Tuesday. It is then forwarded to Biden, the US president, who has promised to sign it immediately. "I urge the Senate to quickly send this package to my desk so that I can sign it into law and we can quickly send weapons and equipment to Ukraine to meet their immediate needs on the battlefield," the president said.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced that procedural votes on the package would begin on Tuesday, saying, "Our allies around the world have been waiting for this moment." The package includes several Republican priorities that Democrats supported, or at least were willing to accept.

Among other things, proposals allowing the US to seize frozen assets of the Russian central bank for the reconstruction of Ukraine; sanctions on Iran, Russia, China and criminal organizations that traffic in fentanyl (a synthetic narcotic painkiller) and a law requiring the owner of the popular video app TikTok from China to sell its stake within a year or face a US ban.

Senate Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said: “The task before us is urgent. It is once again the turn of the Senate to create history".